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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

by Sir Walter Ralegh

Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #4

The gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of Roses,
Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies
Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten—
In folly ripe, in reason rotten. (13-16)

Natural imagery trickles into Ralegh's more proverbial statements, like the "ripe" and "rotten" descriptions we see in line 16.

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